Award-Winning PaperChair by Peter Plantan and Nusa Zupanc

Award-Winning PaperChair by Peter Plantan and Nusa Zupanc

Linda Ly
Mar 13, 2012

For their entry in the international design and architecture competition AWR, design students Peter Plantan and Nusa Zupanc turned to unexpected materials: a pile of old newspapers, a handful of plastic bottle caps, and flour past its expiration date.

The winning result was the eco-friendly PaperChair, which won first place.

Plantan and Zupanc created the chair using a papier-mâché-like technique. First, an L-shaped mold was made from recycled foam board. Several layers of shredded newspaper were then soaked in a "glue" of expired flour and water, and pressed into the mold until they dried. Using bottle caps as spacers, the molded pieces were glued together to form the shape of the curvilinear PaperChair.

It's purported to be quite comfortable, thanks to the slight give of the newspaper structure, which adapts to the weight of the person sitting in the chair. Just don't leave it out in the rain!

Read about the PaperChair's full design process here.

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(Images: AWR)

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